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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

oneiron Re: Such a Waste (156 comments)

They've been through dozens of incidents which would certainly have killed them all - fantasy story or not - yet they come through completely unscathed every time. Because Hollywood.

That's exactly what it felt like when I read the book as a kid. It's not "because hollywood." That's the way the story is written in the book as well.

3 days ago

Google Reader: One Year Later

oneiron Feedly improvements... (132 comments)

My news reading habits are exactly the same as they used to be, but the recent feedly improvements have smoothed out the experience for me. While it wasn't as good as google reader when I first made the switch, there were a ton of improvements that have made it better than google reader was for my purposes.

about a month ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

oneiron Re:But LSD must be better (164 comments)

Don't forget... The Shulgin Index Vol 1: Psychedelic Phenethylamines and Related Compounds

I hope that someone is continuing to work on Volume 2...

about 2 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

oneiron Re:But LSD must be better (164 comments)

I realize it was tongue in cheek, but you really shouldn't reduce Shulgin down to "the inventor of ecstasy" and draw cute comparisons with other famous chemists. Shugin "invented" countless other phenethylamines and tryptamines, and he documented the synthesis and experience reports thoroughly in a few different volumes that you can find on He was also a pioneering inventor of a massively popular pesticide which preceded other pesticides that are foundational components of modern agriculture.

about 2 months ago

This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

oneiron Re:PVP? (168 comments)

As does my pen name. It honors the history, but the concept, again, was like hula hoops and ma jong: a meaningless fad.

Well, in terms of my originally intended context, I guess we're on the same page. Outside of that context, the issue of its status as a meaningless fad... I don't know... I'll just say there are plenty of folks still communicating across mediums and spending time in interfaces where the the habit is still reinforced regularly. I'd probably do it more habitually if it wasn't for corporate email and places like slashdot. I'll also say that, for those who've spent more time communicating on IRC and in various games than we should have, the concept lends itself to a certain voice of familiarity. Like a biker's colors, perhaps? Maybe it's a little bit trivial to those outside of that realm, but I don't think it's meaningless.

I'm anything but average. As to a review, I'd love to see a negative critique.

I'll grant you that. ;-)

about 2 months ago

This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

oneiron Re:PVP? (168 comments)

You'd do well to respect the properly written word so as to avoid looking like a juvenile and to make what you write more readable. As to respecting writing that uses no capitals, it's like respecting bird shit on your windshield. It was a stupid fad that lasted way past its time and deserves no respect whatever.

Three things:

  • -It seems that, like most average folk, you're confusing respect with honor. The due respect this concept commands, in my humble opinion, is no more than the simple recognition of its place in the history and lore of our beloved internet community that you demonstrated adequately in your first paragraph. A hallmark of days past for many (like me) and an enduring habit for otherwise honorable folks not unlike yourself... To put it in terms an average person such as yourself can understand; the euro-folk above do a disservice to themselves and their national presence on the internet by putting their ignorance and/or disregard of this history on display in the form of distasteful nationalistic jokes.
  • -I have plenty of respect for the written word (take a look at my other comments, if you wish), and I provided a subtle hint that even some folks with this enduring habit have enough respect for the written word to properly capitalize and pluralize acronyms. I suppose I'm not surprised you didn't make note of that.
  • -Speaking of bird shit, stupid fads, and respect for the written word... I'm not entirely surprised the capitalization scheme you've chosen to hock your amateur fiction seems reveal you as a bit of a hypocrite. Let's take this down a notch, if you don't mind. I'd hate to be motivated into actually reading your books. If they suck as bad as your little burn-attempt, I might feel compelled to post a thorough literary review on amazon:

about 2 months ago

This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

oneiron Re:PVP? (168 comments)

omission of capitalization is a hallmark of early internet adepts (primarily 'murican, of course) who cut their teeth on BBSs, usenet newsgroups, IRC channels, MUDs, etc... the ongoing trend of silicon valley start-ups avoiding capitalization in their names likely began as an homage to this habit. you'd do well for your johnny-come-lately national presence on the internet to raise your awareness of and respect that.

about 2 months ago

How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

oneiron Oculus + FB = Snowcrash (151 comments)

Was this FB deal Carmack's play all along?

3. by moonboy asks: I once read, in Wired, an article that said you have an incredible headstart on everyone else for making "virtual worlds" on the Internet using your engine from the Quake games. Do you have any intention of doing this? Has anyone approached you about it? It would seem like a fantastic use of the technology with online gaming being so popular. Entire worlds online could be created virtually and very life-like with many different purposes.

John Carmack Answers: Making Snow Crash into a reality feels like a sort of moral imperative to a lot of programmers, but the efforts that have been made so far leave a lot to be desired. It is almost painful for me to watch some of the VRML initiatives. It just seems so obviously the wrong way to do something. All of this debating, committee forming, and spec writing, and in the end, there isn't anything to show for it. Make something really cool first, and worry about the spec after you are sure it's worth it! I do think it is finally the right time for this to start happening for real. While a lot of people could envision the possibilities after seeing DOOM or Quake, it is really only now that we have general purpose hardware acceleration that things are actually flexible enough to be used as a creative medium without constantly being conscious of the technical limitations. Two weeks ago, I pitched a proposal to develop some technology along these lines to the rest of the company. I may wind up working on some things like that in parallel with the next game project.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

oneiron CLEP + Any University that accepts CLEP credit... (370 comments)

This is, without a doubt, the fastest way to get your bachelor's degree. You can study at your own pace, and you can take tests for materials that you already know without investing time into the studies.

about 4 months ago

How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

oneiron The mountains near Sochi get tons of snow... (359 comments)

The Greater Caucasus Mountains where the Olympics are being held receive as much snowfall as any major ski resort in the US. It's just a bad year for them...sort of like Vancouver 4 years ago. I really don't understand the "subtropical" knock that everyone keeps repeating. This is a huge mountain range that gets tons of snow every year. Not considering climate change, the facilities they've built in the mountains will probably serve as a very nice ski resort after the olympics...

about 6 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

oneiron Re:More Backblaze slashvertising (444 comments)

Slashvertising? Oh welll... I, for one, am happy to have a source of failure rate data from an entity that uses a high volume of consumer level hard drives. I hope they continue to publish these numbers because HD failure rates are a moving target. The only thing better would be to have failure rates on specific model numbers. I'm now tweaking my slickdeals alert to filter for hitachi drives.

about 6 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

oneiron Textbook Catch-22 (510 comments)

"A lot of the privacy people, perhaps, don't understand that we still occupy the role of the Great Satan..."

The senate intelligence committee behaves as if we've already lost our national identity to the "war on terror." Surely Feinstein understands that "privacy people" aren't going to be placated by such a statement and that their continuing discontent will only serve to perpetuate the perception of our formerly great nation as "the Great Satan." It's a vicious circle, and the only way out is to enact policies that live up to the two key tenets outlined in the last line of our national anthem.

As an aside, I don't think there's anyone left in this country who doesn't understand that we occupy the role of "the Great Satan." Republican constituents meet the idea with doggedly obstinate belligerence. Democratic constituents snivel the truism to comfort themselves while their two-faced ideologues advance the security state agenda after being elected to do the opposite. We all see it.

about 6 months ago

Throwable 36-Camera Ball Nearly Ready To Toss

oneiron Goes great with Oculus Rift... (68 comments)

I wonder how long before we'll have software to interpolate a series of images from the same area into a rendered scene.

about 7 months ago

The State of In-Flight Wi-Fi

oneiron Re:An open letter (80 comments)

Why wouldn't I just use the SIP client on my android phone over wifi?

about a year and a half ago

VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

oneiron Cash grab to kickstart stuff they would do anyways (252 comments)

They see a vulnerable market segment of enthusiastic users who are grasping at straws, and they know they can rake in a little cash from it. It's smart, and it will probably work out pretty well. Knowing VLC's cross-platform habit, I'm imagining the work that comes out of this will benefit other phone/tablet platforms that use metro-like mechanics more effectively than windows

about a year and a half ago

GameSpy's New Owners Begin Disabling Multiplayer Without Warning

oneiron Re:$2.7 million in stock? (247 comments)

Go farther. The lone coder who originally created quakespy is kind of an asshole.

about a year and a half ago

iPhone Finally Coming To T-Mobile In 2013

oneiron Re:as long as they dont merge (154 comments)

I was so puzzled by this question that I had to go digging for an answer, and it looks like the MOP is actually an ex-metroPCS employee. Likely with a low opinion of his former employer...possibly bitter over witnessing typical sleazy telecom behavior and being forced to carry it out... Still though, given the way a telecom merger works, your question still requires an answer.

about a year and a half ago

Colony Collapse Disorder Linked To Pesticide, High-Fructose Corn Syrup

oneiron Re:Still needs more research (398 comments)

Normally, I would tell you to RTFA. In this case, however, it seems you didn't even read the summary:

Many bee-keepers have turned to high-fructose corn syrup to feed their bees, which the researchers say did not imperil bees until U.S. corn began to be sprayed with imidacloprid in 2004-2005

This quote from the summary implies that, rather than GMO corn causing it, it's the pesticide (imidacloprid) that farmers spray on GMO corn because the corn is engineered to resist it. You're right. The pesticide stuff is pretty obvious...if you read it.

more than 2 years ago


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